Entertainment Weekly recently named Gal Gadot as one of the Entertainers of the Year, and they sat down for an interview. One of the things they asked her about was her reaction when the embargo for reviews came down. There was no precedent for this movie, and the lingering knowledge that if it failed it wouldn't just speak badly for the DC Extended Universe, but for female leads, female-centric stories, and female directors. Not many movies could carry that kind of weight, and Gadot described what it was like waiting for that embargo to come down and calling director Patty Jenkins when the reviews started to come in.
It was a Thursday evening and I knew they were lifting the embargo for the reviews at 9 p.m. It was my first time going through such a thing. Usually, I'm not in the loop on when the studio is lifting the embargo. So I put my daughter to bed and I said, "You need to fall asleep, I need to do some work tonight." And of course that night she was very much awake. I said, "Okay. I'm going to bring my computer and sit next to you until you fall asleep." So I bring my computer and I start to read all the reviews. I got so excited I called Patty. And the moment I called Patty she answered the phone — it didn't even ring. She immediately picks up. She's all, "What's going on? I've been meditating for 20 minutes, not reading anything, literally waiting for you to call me." I was just screaming: "Ahhhhh!" She said, "It's good? It's good?" I said, "It's unbelievably amazing! I can't believe this is happening to us right now!" And my daughter, who's 6 now, and was part of the production — when you work so many hours [your children] come to set and become part of the circus. My daughter got so excited. My daughter asked me, "What's happening, mama?" I told her: "People are liking the movie. See, if you work hard enough and you have good intentions sometimes in life people appreciate it."
Wonder Woman was a movie that garnered a lot of extreme reactions from people in the crowds. There are people like me where it took three viewings before I made it through the movie without sobbing through the entire No Man's Land scene. Then there are people like my Dad who, when on a cruise, watched the movie three times on demand because he loves it so much. Gadot was asked what her favorite reactions were and how they affected her.
There have been different ones. I met with this couple who were over 80 and they went together in wheelchairs and it was their date night and they were so excited to see a movie. I did a SAG Q&A and one of the people there said their niece had lost both of her legs and was really depressed and obviously was going through a very a hard time. Once the movie came out it became her thing. She watched Wonder Woman on a daily basis and that's how she found more power to go through the struggle she's going through. It's been very emotional stories to funny and happy ones. Honestly, the word "incredible" is going to repeat itself because that's the way it's been recently.
A few months ago, James Cameron criticized the character and director Patty Jenkins clapped back, but Gadot never did — at least not publicly. Entertainment Weekly decided to ask her about the comments now.
Because I didn't want to give him the stage. First of all, I'm a big fan of his work. His movies are great. He was very innovative in many things that he did, and I've got nothing but great things to say about the creative and professional side of his work. When it happened, the timing of when it happened, he was promoting another movie of his. It was like he was looking for publicity and I just didn't want to give him the stage.
Gadot did the Hollywood equivalent of not feeding the troll. Good girl.
Summary: Before she was Wonder Woman she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained warrior. When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, she leaves home to fight a war to end all wars, discovering her full powers and true destiny.
Wonder Woman, directed by Patty Jenkins, stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, David Thewlis, Robin Wright, and Connie Nielsen. It's available on VOD and Blu-ray now.